RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – For the first time since 2018, the United States will be represented at the World Boccia Championships after BC2 athlete Michele Lynch (Westmont, Illinois) received an invitation from World Boccia to compete at the Rio de Janeiro 2022 World Boccia Championships.
Lynch, who holds a world ranking of 20th in her classification, will travel to Brazil in December to face off against the world’s best. It will be her third trip to Brazil in the past year, as she also competed in the Americas Championships last December in Sao Paulo and the Rio World Cup in April.
World Boccia invited Lynch to compete via Bipartite Invitation.
“Michele is extremely deserving of this honor, and we are excited to see what she brings to the table at her first career world championships,” Kathy Brinker, Team USA’s head coach, said. “She has already proven herself to be competitive among the world’s top athletes, and just keeps getting better.”
Lynch becomes the first American athlete to earn a spot at a world championships competition since 2018, when Brigid Mason and Kevin Stokes represented Team USA in the Liverpool 2018 World Boccia Championships. An up-and-coming athlete in the sport, Lynch recorded her first international victory in December in Sāo Paulo by upsetting the world’s third-ranked women’s BC2 athlete.
World Championship competition will run December 6–10.
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